Take Your Pet on a Trip

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 17 of August , 2013 at 11:04 am

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Item 29 on my Summer 2013 Bucket List is “Take Your Pet on a Trip.”  I don’t have my own pet, but I do have a lot of dogs I watch from time to time. For the last week or so one of my “god-dogs” Auggie has been staying with me.  He’s a dapple mini dachshund. He’s a great travel buddy because he’s small and low-maintenance.

Auggie is named after the city of St. Augustine, FL. Coincidentally, it’s also where I went to college. Obviously, we have a special connection. St. Augustine is the first city in the U.S. (so, pipe down, Jamestown) and is on the beach. Sadly, Auggie has never been to his namesake city or to the beach! I decided to drive us to Rehoboth Beach, DE for a a day. I found a pet-friendly hotel (The Breakers) and found a few pet-friendly restaurants (Hobo’s in Rehoboth and Gilligan’s in Lewes).

Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed on the boardwalk or on Rehoboth Beach.  However, the nearby Dewey Beach does allow dogs before 9:30 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m.

 

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Even though we couldn’t go on the beach, we did walk along Rehoboth Avenue. Many of the shops were ok with me bringing in Auggie since I was able to hold him and because he’s well-behaved.  (Ok, he was also really tired.)   A few favorite stores are Dolle’s Salt Water Taffy, Olde Salt, which sells knick-knacks and clever signs, and Critter Beach, a pet store that sells doggy ice cream, clothing and other pet items. I got Auggie a Hawaiian-print bandana and a dog biscuit shaped and iced like an orange creamsicle.

I’m really glad Martha Stewart’s Summer Bucket List included this in addition to other trip ideas.  Bringing a pet really adds a different dynamic.  It’s important to go to a pet-friendly location because you don’t want to ever leave a pet in your car during the summer months (or spring in hotter climates).

Final note: Why are so many northerners into eating French fries on the beach?  Plus they load them with cheese, crab meat, vinegar and other toppings.  It doesn’t seem like good beach food. This is a trend I don’t get at all.

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A Straight Girl on Fire Island

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 2 of July , 2011 at 5:03 pm

We DoWater, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

This past weekend I was fortunate to be invited to a friend’s lovely beach house in Fire Island Pines, NY, a predominently gay community. It was a happy coincidence that the weekend was scheduled for just after I joined the GOProud Advisory Council. GOProud is a group for gay conservatives and their allies. It also became a historic weekend for gay New Yorkers when late Friday night, the Republican Senate in New York passed a bill to allow gay marriage. More about that later.

In addition to my dazzling personality, I think I was also brought in as a political prop. One of my hosts is a die-hard independent (he doesn’t want to call himself a Republican or conservative) who likes to stir things up among his friends on Facebook. I was the real-life version. There were 10 men and two women in the house. The other girl, Betty, is a gorgeous bulldog.betty.JPG

There was some political talk the first night. La Belle Pinot and La Belle Butch (the fake names they came up with when I mentioned I might write about the weekend) cooked a fantastic dinner. As they chopped and busied themselves around the kitchen, I learned that LBP admired Palin, but disagreed with everything she says. He likes her guts. LBB mentioned he liked her hair. I asked, “If gay marriage were off the table, would you vote Republican?” LBP said he would vote for a purely fiscal Republican. If that’s the case, I told him, don’t you think the Democrats have a vested interest in keeping gay marriage as a wedge issue? He agreed that they do, but didn’t think they would do that solely to keep the gay vote. Perhaps I’ve been in D.C. too long because I think that’s exactly what Democrats are doing.

LBP asked if my Republican friends knew I was spending the weekend with a bunch of gay men. I said, “What do you mean? I came here to meet a man!” The search for my soul mate, much like in the real world outside Fire Island, became a weekend punch line.

In all seriousness, I told them my Republican friends have no problem with me visiting Fire Island and the most pervasive emotion was jealousy, not outrage. Too often, both sides present the other side’s least appealing spokesperson. I don’t believe the average Democrat is as awful a human being as Nancy Pelosi . Likewise, the average Republican is not the caricature of the anti-gay bigot that the media likes to present. It’s unfortunate that the bigots and media become allies. The bigots want a microphone and the media is all too happy to give them one in order to damage the entire movement. (Please note that I am not referring to people who support traditional marriage, but those who want to keep gays out of the conservative movement.)

Dinner that evening was a wonderful watermelon gazpacho with crème fraiche and avocado cream, filet of beef with béarnaise and asparagus. Dessert was blueberry cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

boardwalk.JPGThankfully the sun came out on Saturday, which meant I was making a bee-line for the beach. As I was walking on the boardwalk, I became unsure of whether I was in a section that was to a private or public beach. Fire Island Pines doesn’t allow cars and there are no sidewalks. You walk from house to beach to town by boardwalk. I stopped a couple and asked if I was headed in the right direction. They assured me that I was and welcomed me to the island. Now, I don’t want this to come off the wrong way, but the couples were a lot friendlier than the singles. The single guys in the house I stayed at were nice, but outside the house and in the small town area I felt like I was just in the way. To characterize it as resentment that I was on their island might be a little strong, but not far off. Barely a word was said to me when I purchased a $4.40 (!) 20 ounce Diet Coke. (Btw, I made a habit of announcing the price of things as dinner was being made. “Eight dollars for mayonnaise!” Everything is so expensive.)

Speaking of being in the way, one daily tradition on shoes.JPGFire Island is going to the Pavilion area for high and low tea. From what I can tell, it’s really an opportunity to drink and meet guys. I chose not to go with the group. They invited me several times, but I think it was my own insecurities that made me want to stay behind.

Saturday dinner was also fantastic. Chesty Rockwell (again, his self-appointed fake name), a Syrian, made the best Mexican food I’ve had in awhile. Soft and hard tacos with slow-cooked chicken and ground turkey with a buffet of accoutrements – bean and corn salsa, guacamole, heirloom tomato salad, to name a few. Dessert was simple – dried cherries, dark and milk chocolate and dessert wine that I mistakenly drank as a shot. It was rough going down, but the flavor that lingered wasn’t so bad. LBP remarked that it was like saying, “I prefer the memory of you.” (Hello, every relationship I’ve ever been in.)

Table talk turned to the previous night’s Senate vote to legalize gay marriage. One person wondered what would happen next. Someone guessed that “triples” would be next and pointed out there was a triple down the road. Most seem to agree that this wasn’t a realistic next step and didn’t seem to care either way. I said that if gay polygamy is legalized, then straight polygamy should also be legalized. Sure, I understand the complications this brings up, but I stand by what I said that night – The family on TLC’s “Sisterwives” is the most normal and well-adjusted family on reality TV. Actually, those in the house weren’t really concerned about the “next step” that some on the right use as scare tactics. They were happy for the victory and I took pleasure in reminding them it was thanks to a Republican-controlled Senate.

On Sunday most of the group spent the day at the beach. Prior to going to Fire Island, I had heard that bathing suits were optional. I didn’t see any naked men, but lots and lots of swim briefs (like Speedos). Men of all shapes and sizes enjoyed their skin-tight bathing suits. There a few men who looked pretty good in them, too. One minute a group was swimming sunset.JPGaround in the Atlantic, the next minute someone’s red Diesel suit was being tossed around from person to person. His modesty was amusing. He wouldn’t get out of the ocean unless someone threw back his suit. Eventually, someone brought him a towel and he made a run for the suit.

Dinner on our last night was sandwiches with leftover filet, tomatoes, basil mayonnaise, Roquefort cheese and horseradish.

Since I didn’t have to lift a finger for my meals that weekend, I jokingly said I would write a haiku for payment. To prove that some Republicans keep their promises, here it is:

Betty sleeps soundly
Diesel suit floats in the surf
My soul mate awaits

I’m not one of those annoying girls that boasts about her gay friends to prove that she is fabulous and open-minded. The only requisite I have for friendship is a beach house I can visit. Thanks to Chris and Anthony!

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Michael Jackson: Closet Conservative?

Written by Lotus on Friday, 10 of July , 2009 at 8:37 pm

For your consideration:

Point 1: Hated Taxes
Jackson owed millions of dollars in taxes he deemed unfair

Point 2: Supported Patients’ Rights
Jackson had ELECTIVE surgery that would not be approved by socialized medical system

Point 3: Hated Trial Lawyers
Jackson would rather settle civil disputes out of court rather than let trial lawyers make money on jury awards

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Live-Blogging the SC Debate

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 10 of January , 2008 at 10:13 pm

All aboard the Straight Talk Express! 

9 :10 p.m. After they’re done asking the candidates about whether we’re headed for a recession, let’s ask Greenspan about shaking hands and kissing babies.

IOTUS adds to the Debate Drinking Game this rule: Drink when an issue group is mentioned, i.e. Club for Growth.

9:16 p.m.  Oh yeah, Fred Thompson is still in it.  He just stood up for Giuliani.  Take that McCain lovers!  I’m not necessarily a Thompson supporter, but I do admire anyone that doesn’t want to run for president. 

LOTUS Drinking Game Rule: Finish your drink when Reagan is mentioned.

9:18 p.m. Carl Cameron reminds us that no Republican has ever won the nomination without winning South Carolina.  Cameron asks Huckabee about the Reagan Coaltion and whether he’s distanced himself from it.  It sounds like Huckabee just gave the working definition for “compassionate conservatism.”

9:25 p.m. Romney: Knowing how America works is more important than knowing how Washington works.

9:26 p.m. Thompson puts the smack-down on Huckabee.  Hot!  Thompson says: That’s not the model of the Reagan revolution. That’s the model of the Democrat party.

It’s possible that Thompson is strong enough a candidate to wake up a dead campaign with one answer.

9:29 p.m. Giuliani says the Reagan revolution was about being inclusive. Tear down this wall and give me a hug!

Here come the foreign policy questions.  McCain is getting antsy.

9:43 p.m. Romney accuses Paul of reading Ahmadinejad’s press releases.  Cheers and Jeers.  Paul appears to make some response and I’d love to know what it was.

9:45 p.m.  McCain defends the surge.  “Bringing the troops home is not going to be decided by any politician.  It’s going to be decided by the man that should have been Time magazine’s Man of the Year, General David Petraeus.”  McCain also claims to be the only one on the stage to support the surge.  Giuliani calls him on it and says many of the people on the stage supported the surge.  McCain counterpoint: Nuh uhhh!

LOTUS wonders how PJB would answer some of these questions.  Time for the IOTUS and LOTUS’s texting comedy pyramid!

IOTUS: What would Patrick J. Buchanan Do?

LOTUS: PJB is my homeboy.

IOTUS: PJB is my copilot.

LOTUS: PJB loves me this I know, ’cause the Bible tells me so.

IOTUS: What a friend we have in PJB. He walks with me. He talks with me and tells me I am his own.

LOTUS: When you saw only one set of footprints in the sand it is when PJB carried you.

IOTUS concedes, LOTUS wins.

10:15 p.m. Oh, these guys are still talking. Giuliani just listed his foreign policy credentials.  McCain answers: I did it not for profit, for patriotism.

Giuliani did it all for the nookie.  (That could be the wine talking.)

Lightening Round!

10:25 p.m.  McCain says his immigration bill failed because it was so awesome that the American people were afraid that it wouldn’t be enforced.  McCain recalls a serviceman’s wife who was in endangered of being deported.  Uh, if they’re married, why is she in danger of being deported?  I’ve heard McCain bring this up before.  This is akin to the pro-abortion people that talk about the 11-year-old girl who was raped by her father and then became pregnant. What about her?!?!?!?  Ugh…

It’s over.  I think the edge goes to Fred Thompson.  What are your thoughts?

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Week 15 Picks and Pics

Written by Lotus on Friday, 14 of December , 2007 at 11:52 pm

Denver
Cincinnati
New Orleans
Tampa Bay
Baltimore
Cleveland
Green Bay
Jacksonville
New England
Seattle
Tennessee
Indianapolis
San Diego
Dallas
NY Giants
Minnesota

This has been long overdue.  As JOTUS said, “He’s old, but he’s still got it.”  JOTUS also said he wants more pictures of cheerleaders.  Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre is the cute football player of the week.

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Week 14 NFL Picks and Pics

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 8 of December , 2007 at 10:39 pm

Washington
Jacksonville
Dallas
Buffalo
NY Giants
Green Bay
Pittsburgh
Tennessee
Cincinnati
Tampa Bay
Seattle
Minnesota
Cleveland
Denver
Indianapolis
New Orleans

I thought I’d switch it up and give the ladies pictures of the NFL’s cutest coach.  I give you Tampa Bay Bucs coach John (Chucky) Gruden.  I don’t care what the feminists say — angry white men are the sexiest.

  

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Week 13 NFL Picks and Pics

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 2 of December , 2007 at 11:33 am

Green Bay
St. Louis
Washington
Minnesota
Tennessee
Indianapolis
Miami
San Diego
Philadelphia
Carolina
Tampa Bay
Cleveland
Denver
Chicago
Pittsburgh
New England

This week’s cute football player of the week is the Denver Broncos’ John Lynch.  I, however, prefer him in the Tampa Bay uniform.

 

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Week 12 NFL Picks and Pics

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 25 of November , 2007 at 1:11 pm

Green Bay
Dallas
Indianapolis
Jacksonville
Chicago
Cleveland
NY Giants
Carolina
Kansas City
Seattle
Tennessee
Tampa Bay
Arizona
San Diego
New England
Pittsburgh

This week’s cute football player is Oakland Raiders safety Jarrod Cooper.

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Week 11 NFL Picks and Pics

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 18 of November , 2007 at 7:57 pm

Arizona
Green Bay
Cleveland
Indianapolis
Philadelphia
New England
Houston
Minnesota
Pittsburgh
Jacksonville
Tampa Bay
Dallas
Detroit
St. Louis
Seattle
Tennessee

This week’s cute football player of the week is Tamp Bay Bucs LB Barrett Ruud.

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Week 10 NFL Picks and Pics

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 11 of November , 2007 at 1:16 pm

Carolina
Buffalo
Pittsburgh
Kansas City
Tennessee
Green Bay
Washington
New Orleans
Cincinnati
Chicago
Dallas
Detroit
Indianapolis
Seattle

After last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, I have to show Indianapolis Colt’s QB Peyton Manning some love. 

 

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